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Leopards show stuff vs. Blazers

May 18, 2004|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Leopards excelled in all three phases of softball Monday, combining flawless fielding, Alyssa Reed's solid pitching and timely hitting to eliminate the Clear Spring Blazers 8-1 in a Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinal.

Reed (11-7) allowed one run on three hits and zero walks for the complete-game win for Smithsburg (12-7), striking out 11. Reed retired the first 10 batters she faced.

"She did a good job on the mound," Smithsburg coach Brian Getz said. "She moved the ball around. It helps when you can hold the other team to three or four batters an inning. Today, the defense and the offense gave her all of the support that she needed."

Kasie Beaver scored four times for Smithsburg, while Brittany Biser had two hits and two RBI and Candace Stanford added two hits.

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"It's a confidence-builder for us for our first playoff game," Getz said. "I have been telling the girls all week long that defense is going to win it for us and that offense is going to come along."

Clear Spring (2-17) scored its only run in the sixth on Tawnya Blair's RBI triple to right, driving in Krysta Scriever.

"My team has given a good effort all year," Clear Spring coach Rich Poffenberger said. "They have been constantly improving. It has been a pleasure working with them. Smithsburg played a good game and they capitalized when they needed to."

Smithsburg will travel to Boonsboro for Wednesday's semifinal.

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